McKenzie & Williams Counties, North Dakota and Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan Counties, MontanaMississippian Madison Formation, Williston BasinSamson 87% Operated Average Working Interest
Samson averaged approximately a gross 800 BOEPD from its operated wells in the Foreman Butte Project this quarter. The production has reduced by 140 BOEPD due to capital constraints leading to a decrease in well workovers. Well recompletions and optimizations are scheduled to resume for the upcoming quarter, subject to a successful capital raise, that will increase the production in the project.
Samson’s water flood pilot project for the Home Run Field was recently approved by the NDIC and commenced October 1st. The waterflood pilot project utilizes an existing wellbore, the Mays 1-20H, which is located on the flank of the field and is non-economic to produce for oil. The water flood is being used to add pressure to the reservoir which should enhance the recovery of oil. The well performance in the offsetting wells will be monitored to establish the viability of the flood. The water being used is produced formation water so that there is no chemical compatibility issue. In essence the water is being returned to the reservoir from which it originated. Initially this water will be trucked to the injector from the existing producing wells, but may ultimately be pipelined. This waterflood will allow Samson to turn back on many wells that have been shut-in for the past 2 years. These shut-in wells were previously uneconomic to produce due to high water disposal costs.
The Home Run Field (also known as the Foreman Butte Field) is the largest areal oil field in Samson’s portfolio. It was developed on a 640 acre spacing pattern and our engineering and geologic analyses have determined that only 3.2% of the original oil in place has been recovered to date. Given that oil fields typically recover up to around 20% of their oil in place there would appear to be significant un-developed oil to be recovered from this field.
Accordingly, Samson is planning to drill its first development well late this year or early next year. The first lateral will test the Ratcliffe Formation of the Mississippian Madison Group. Currently 20 Ratcliffe PUD locations identified. The second lateral will test an undeveloped reservoir in the Mission Canyon Formation of the Mississippian Madison Group. This lateral could prove up a new oil field with the potential for many additional well locations (up to 20 vertical wells or 8 drill-out laterals). A 3,500 acre 4-way structural closure has been mapped from an abundance of existing well control in the area. In 2004, the Banks 1-18H well as a dual lateral in both the Ratcliffe and Mission Canyon reservoirs. The Mission Canyon lateral produced hundreds of barrels of oil while the lateral was being drilled. But, the well was completed as just a single lateral in the Ratcliffe zone due to the operator being unable to remove a stuck whipstock that was set above the Mission Canyon lateral in order to drill the Ratcliffe lateral. This stuck whipstock prevented the completion of the Mission Canyon lateral.